Enter Collaboration, AI and the Future Workplace - Day One of UC EXPO

Wednesday 17 May 2017

UC EXPO kicked off in ExCel London today with a record breaking attendance and insight into the inner workings of collaboration in Formula 1, thanks to keynote speaker Alan Peasland, Head of Technical Partnerships at Red Bull Racing. 

Peasland took to the stage in front of a packed audience and shared how the Red Bull Racing team rely on the networking and UC expertise of AT&T to connect their highly mobile workforce as they race around the world.


AI was another popular topic of discussion, with a captivating talk from futurist Ben Hammersley looking at the AI apocalypse and how organisations need to plan for the future with AI in the workplace. Noam Fine, General Manager at i.am+ also delved into the impact AI is having on our workplace, sharing the stage with AI assistant AneedA to discuss how business communication is going to change. Whilst Simon Michael, Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft also shared his views on the role of Chat Bots and AI as digital ice breakers.


Commenting on the opening of UC EXPO 2017, Bradley Maule-ffinch, Director of Strategy for UC EXPO, said: “The modern workforce is becoming increasingly technology dependant, with remote working, satellite offices and flexible hours demanding that businesses provide staff with the ability to be always connected. Exhibitors and speakers at UC EXPO today gave a real insight into what our future workplaces will look like, with the introduction of both current and new technology, such as AI and virtual reality, catering for these new working demands.”


Additional highlights fromDay One at UC EXPO, which encompasses technology across Cloud and UcaaS, Network Monitoring, Analytics, Security and Mobility, included:

  • A panel debate on the future of work featuring Douglas Grierson from Vodafone, Michael Affronti from Fuze and Richard Ellis from Microsoft.
  • A look at transportation telecommunications trends with John Purnell from the Society of Communications Technology Consultants
  • Tom Arbuthnot from Modality Solutions focused on Skype for Business Cloud and PBX in the real world
  • A study of how UC needs to focus on people with Alan Baldwin of Applicable, an Arkadin company


Day Two of UC EXPO, which opens tomorrow at 9:30am (Thursday 18th May). The day will begin with  Snorre Kjesbu, VP/GM Cisco Collaboration End Points Technology Group at Cisco sharing how disruption is the new normal in businesses when it comes to collaboration.


Visit UC EXPO and register upon arrival at ExCeL London to join in. For more information, please visit www.ucexpo.com , or get involved on Twitter following @UCEXPO or the #UCEXPO hashtag.